Blameless is about forgiveness. The subject is reflecting on the grace received through repentance. The old things are behind him. He now has no shame and no regrets. Forgiven and blameless, he exudes a very tangible freedom and a quiet power. The softness captured in the figure and his clothing through the layered use of graphite pencil depicts a relaxed yet dominant individual. The large areas of white left in the background allude to this freedom. He is a new creature, blameless in the sight of his creator.
The sitter’s name is Nicholas Briley. He is a 6’5" humble giant, who’s calm demeanor and modest attitude made him the perfect subject to explore this concept.